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The World United Through Football Sunday June 2nd, 2002

Travel to England England vs Travel to Sweden Sweden in Saitama (1:1)

The Walking Wounded

England needed to win this game,. after Argentina's victory against Nigeria earlier in the day.

The question was, could the walking wounded rise to the occasion and overshadow the Queen's Golden Jubilee?

And the simple answer is...... no they couldn't!

The first-half looked promising as David Beckham's foot seemed to hold out and Sol Campbell rose to one of his high, inswinging corners..... to powerfully head England into the lead.

But in the second-half, England's performance left a lot to be desired. The defenders looked like headless chickens and relied on David Seaman to save them for a draw.

The English fans created a great atmosphere in Saitama but the England team needed to have enough character to lift themselves above mediocrity as well.

This wasn't an English Premier League game in rainy Lancashire (as the line-ups might have suggested) but a World Cup group game in sweaty Japan.

Leading Goalscorers 1:0
England earn a corner.... Beckham takes it.... a high curler... and Sol Campbell rises high to power a header past the approaching Magnus Hedman - 24 mins.

Instead of consolidating their lead while David Beckham was still on the pitch, England seemed to take their foot of the pedal and the English fans tried a chorus of Rule Britannia to liven them up.

Playing week in and week out together, most of the Swedish players knew the England team too well and Svengali Eriksson proved he didn't have the magic touch to get his players to spring a surprise.

Predictability at it's worse, England soon let Sweden get back into the game and run at them more with the ball. Beckham and co. were tiring.

Half-time: England 1 - Sweden 0

The second-half started as the first ended, with Sweden looking the more dangerous and Rio Ferdinand was lucky to get away without a penalty decision going against him.

Sweden felt more confident and continued to attack the Seaman goal. Without the attacking French contingent in front of him, David Seaman always looked vulnerable when Sweden had possession.

Leading Goalscorers 1:1
England paid the price for not taking the game to Sweden. A poor clearance from Danny Mills fell to Niclas Alexandersson, who was allowed to run at, and through, the defenders rooted to their spots on the left - 59 mins.

Two minutes later, Sweden almost scored a second. Time for the tiring David Beckham to be replaced by the equally unfit Kieron Dyer.

Without a conductor, the aspiring symphony's notes played flat. David Seaman had to make a number of crucial saves to keep England in the game; his England defense, with three lions on their chests looked like little kittens with their eyes still stuck shut at birth.

Owen Hargreaves tried to display some of the qualities that make him a Bayern Munich starter and Michael Owen had a shot that shaved the outside of the post.

Apart from Joe Cole nipping at the heels of the Swedish players in midfield, the rest of the England team seemed to feel they'd done their day's work.... it is a Sunday after all.... and seemed to think about the length of the grass at home that they could be cutting.

In the last minute of the game, another mistake from Ashley Cole let Henrik Larsson in, with a clear view of the goal. Only David Seaman's long hair put the clean shaven Swede off the ball... and his drive went wide.

England were very lucky to get away with a draw and will need a whole new outlook against Argentina if they're to stay in the tournament.

Perhaps that was the problem..... the walking wounded wanted to be fit for the Argentina game and used this as another of those unimportant friendlies, while trying not to wound their pride as well.

Final Score:
Travel to England England 1 - Travel to Sweden Sweden 1

Man of the Match:
David Seaman - for making some crucial save to keep England's World Cup dreams alive...... at least until they meet Argentina.

Red and Yellow Cards in the 2002 World Cup Yellow Cards:
Sol Campbell (12 mins)
Marcus Allbäck (45 mins)
Andreas Jakobsson (73 mins)

The Teams

England:
1 David Seaman; 2 Danny Mills, 3 Ashley Cole, 5 Rio Ferdinand, 6 Sol Campbell; 7 David Beckham (23 Kieron Dyer - 63 mins), 8 Paul Scholes, 18 Owen Hargreaves; 11 Emile Heskey, 20 Darius Vassell (19 Joe Cole - 74 mins), 10 Michael Owen.

Sweden:
1 Magnus Hedman; 2 Olof Mellberg, 15 Andreas Jakobsson, 16 Teddy Lucic; 4 Johan Mjallby, 6 Tobias Linderoth, 7 Niclas Alexandersson, 9 Fredrik Ljungberg, 17 Magnus Svensson (8 Anders Svensson - 56 mins); 10 Marcus Allbäck (22 Andreas Andersson - 80 mins), 11 Henrik Larsson.

Referee: Carlos Simon Travel to Brazil

Teams by Group

2002 FIFA World Cup matches in Korea
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Group A
Travel to Denmark Denmark, Travel to France France, Travel to Senegal Senegal, Travel to Uruguay Uruguay.

Group B
Travel to Paraguay Paraguay, Travel to Slovenia Slovenia, Travel to Spain Spain, Travel to South Africa South Africa.

Group C
Travel to Brazil Brazil, Travel to China China, Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica, Travel to Turkey Turkey.

Group D
Travel to Poland Poland, Travel to Portugal Portugal, Travel to South Korea South Korea, Travel to USA United States.

Korea First Round Matches.

2002 FIFA World Cup matches in Japan
In Japan

Group E
Travel to Cameroon Cameroon, Travel to Germany Germany, Travel to Ireland Republic of Ireland, Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia.

Group F
Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to England England, Travel to Nigeria Nigeria, Travel to Sweden Sweden.

Group G
Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to Ecuador Ecuador, Travel to Italy Italy, Travel to Mexico Mexico.

Group H
Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to Japan Japan, Travel to Russia Russia, Travel to Tunisia Tunisia.

Japan First Round Matches.

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Group Matches

Friday, May 31
France vs Senegal

Saturday, June 1
Ireland vs Cameroon
Uruguay vs Denmark
Germany vs S. Arabia

Sunda, June 2
Argentina vs Nigeria
Paraguay vs S. Africa
England vs Sweden
Spain vs Slovenia

Monday, June 3
Croatia vs Mexico
Brazil vs Turkey
Italy vs Ecuador

Tuesday, June 4
China vs Costa Rica
Japan vs Belgium
S. Korea vs Poland

Wednesday, June 5
Russia vs Tunisia
USA vs Portugal
Germany vs Ireland

Thursday, June 6
Denmark vs Senegal
Cameroon vs S. Arabia
France vs Uruguay

Friday, June 7
Sweden vs Nigeria
Spain vs Paraguay
Argentina vs England

Saturday, June 8
S. Africa vs Slovenia
Italy vs Croatia
Brazil vs China

Sunday, June 9
Mexico vs Ecuador
Costa Rica vs Turkey
Japan vs Russia

Monday, June 10
South Korea vs USA
Tunisia vs Belgium
Portugal vs Poland

Tuesday, June 11
Denmark vs France
Senegal vs Uruguay
Cameroon vs Germany
S. Arabia vs Ireland

Wednesday, June 12
Sweden vs Argentina
Nigeria vs England
South Africa vs Spain
Slovenia vs Paraguay

Thursday, June 13
Costa Rica vs Brazil
Turkey vs China
Mexico vs Italy
Ecuador vs Croatia

Friday, June 14
Tunisia vs Japan
Belgium vs Russia
Portugal vs S. Korea
Poland vs USA

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Second Round

The last 16 continued on the Road to Yokohama, with four games in South Korea and four games in Japan.

Group A winner and runner-up went to Japan.

Group B winner and runner-up stayed in Korea.

Group C winner and runner-up went to Japan.

Group D winner and runner-up stayed in Korea.

Group E winner and runner-up went to Korea.

Group F winner and runner-up stayed in Japan.

Group G winner and runner-up went to Korea.

Group H winner and runner-up stayed in Japan.

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